What Californians may consider ordinary, I revere as life-giving and extraordinary: citrus trees and sunshine. Whenever we visit my papa I spend time walking the garden in awe of what they grow, with envy and appreciation. “What are you taking photos of?” “Lemons and oranges” I replied. “Hmmm…is that all?” Yup, coming from the Pacific Northwest, these colorful, juicy orbs are definitely worthy photo subjects.
These plants were just put in the ground two weeks ago and, yee-haw, I glimpsed a few little green gems dripping with wet globes after the recent rains. Without that elusive greenhouse, I’ll just have to be patient another summer season and wait to pop these candy-sweet, juicy, morsels into my mouth a few months from now. “Patience, grasshopper, patience…and stop procrastinating and get working on that greenhouse!”
During the busyness of hosting family and friends in for the Juan de Fuca Festival we took the time to hike at the Elwha River, check out the transformation after the Elwha dam removal, and enjoy eating some ripe salmon berries. These simple pleasures are one of those freedoms we probably take furgranted of…that we can walk in peace through the forest without fear. In the vein of remembering to appreciate these simple pleasures and the freedoms we have in the United States, I am grateful for all those soldiers that have made sacrifices in the name of peace and freedom. And, I’ll leave it at that to stop myself from spinning this into a political post. Peace and gratitude to all of you this Memorial Day.
For sure my daughter is an adventurous eater. When my niece asked her if she wanted to taste an ugly-looking, wrinkly lilikoi (aka passion fruit), Nora replied “Sure!” Slice open this wrinkly fruit then scoop out the tart-sweet juiciness and sink your teeth into the small crunchy seeds. My daughter got me to try my first lilikoi too and me like! If you find yourself at a tropical fruit stand, look for the yellow or purple varieties. The more wrinkly and ugly, the better. Yaay for adventurous eating!
I’m back home in sweet Port Angeles but, where oh where is my daily fresh papaya from our local farm stand around the bend?? Sheesh…I can just TASTE that creamy, luscious papaya, and my mouth is watering looking at this photo I took yesterday morning. If you’re in Hawaii, enjoy some juicy tropical fruit for me…PLEASE!!!